Dan McCafferty

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Dan McCafferty
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Background information
Birth nameWilliam Daniel McCafferty[1]
Born (1946-10-14) 14 October 1946 (age 75)
OriginDunfermline, Scotland
GenresHard rock, heavy metal, blues rock, rock and roll
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician
Instrument(s)Vocals, bagpipes, talkbox
Years active1963–present

William Daniel McCafferty (born 14 October 1946) is a Scottish vocalist, best known as the lead singer for the Scottish hard rock band Nazareth from its founding in 1968 to his retirement from touring with the band in 2013.[2][3] McCafferty continues to perform solo around the world and record on occasion.


McCafferty was born in Dunfermline, Scotland. Under the influence of artists such as Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Otis Redding, he became one of the founding members of Nazareth in 1968.[4] He has appeared on all of Nazareth's albums up to 2014 and has toured with them for 45 years.[5] He co-wrote some of the big Nazareth hits, including "Broken Down Angel", and "Bad Bad Boy". He has released three solo albums. He is married and has two children.[6]

Retirement from touring with Nazareth[edit]

On 29 August 2013, Nazareth announced Dan McCafferty's retirement from touring with the band due to health issues.[7][8]

McCafferty elaborated on the specifics of the health issues and the state of his situation in an interview with the UK music magazine, Classic Rock. He stated that he had not suffered a stroke as had been reported in the press. He said that his chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that has "worsened in recent years" had made him leave the stage in Switzerland in late August 2013 after only three songs, indicating that, "You don’t know when it's going to come on, but suddenly you can't breathe." Commenting about his most recent episode, at the Swiss festival, McCafferty maintained, "if you can't do the job you shouldn't be there — Nazareth's too big for that." McCafferty also revealed that another health problem was responsible for his onstage collapse at a concert in Canada in July 2013 – a burst stomach ulcer.[9] He stated reflecting back on the incident, "I thought I'd be fine, but you lose so much blood when that happens." McCafferty also said he expects Nazareth to continue on without him. "I really hope they get someone else," he declared. "I'm sure they will." Although McCafferty is retiring from performing, Nazareth fans can still hear his voice on their 2014 album Rock 'n' Roll Telephone. The singer also revealed that he could record more new music, either with Nazareth or as a solo artist. He clarified: "To go into a studio and sing isn't like doing a gig. I could always make another record, but getting up to do an hour and three-quarters, and get people to pay money to come and see me — I can't do that." McCafferty expressed his appreciation to his fans near the end of the interview by saying: "Let everyone know I appreciate they've been there for all these years."[3][10]

McCafferty continues to sing live around the world and record on occasion.[11][12][13][14][15]

New album announcement and music video release[edit]

On 21 June 2019, McCafferty released a new music video titled "Tell Me". It is from the solo album Last Testament, released on 18 October 2019 via earMUSIC,[16] McCafferty's first solo album since 1987's Into The Ring.

Solo discography[edit]


  • Dan McCafferty (1975)
  • Into the Ring (1987)
  • Last Testament (2019)


  • "Out of Time" (1975) # 41 UK
  • "Watcha Gonna Do About It" (1975)
  • "Stay With Me Baby" (1978)
  • "The Honky Tonk Downstairs" (1978)
  • "Starry Eyes" (1987)[17]


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  2. ^ "Dan McCafferty Discography at Discogs". Discogs.com. 14 October 1946. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  3. ^ a b "Nazareth's Dan McCafferty Says He Could Continue Recording". Ultimateclassicrock.com. 31 August 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Nazareth – Still Loud 'N' Proud…". Rockureview.com. 26 August 2010. Archived from the original on 11 April 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  5. ^ "Nazareth". Rockureview.com. 26 August 2010. Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Dan Mccafferty of Nazareth @ Steel Mill". Kkdowning.net. Archived from the original on 18 June 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  7. ^ "VVN Music: Nazareth Lead Dan McCafferty Retires From Band After 45 Years". Vintagevinylnews.com. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  8. ^ "Nazareth latest news | Nazareth". Nazarethdirect.co.uk. Archived from the original on 4 September 2013. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  9. ^ "Concert cancelled after front man collapses". Cranbrooktownsman.com. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
  10. ^ "Nazareth Singer Dan McCafferty Announces Retirement from Performing Because of Lung Ailment". Classichitsandoldies.com. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Dan McCafferty-2015-Love Hurts (with Luigi Sferrazza orchestra)". YouTube. 21 May 2015. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Dan McCafferty – Animals 2015 Live Kiev". YouTube. 25 May 2015. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  13. ^ "Dan McCafferty, Graham Bonnet and John Lawton to Sochi. 22/05/2015". YouTube. 22 May 2015. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  14. ^ "Dan McCafferty на фестивале Белые ночи Питер 11 07 2014". YouTube. 12 July 2014. Archived from the original on 22 December 2021. Retrieved 14 December 2017.
  15. ^ "DAN MC CAFFERTY NAZARETH REAPARECE-2015 BY DJ TANCK". YouTube. 31 January 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2017.[dead YouTube link]
  16. ^ "earMUSIC – news, artists & new releases | News". Ear-music.net.
  17. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 337. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.